Monkey Birthday Party Invitations
Help your guests feel special before the party even starts by sending some great invitations. You can either make your own invitations, or find some adorable pre-made cards. Here are some ideas for both options:
Banana Invitations — Use yellow cardstock or construction paper to make an invitation that looks like a banana. For a really authentic look, sandwich your party information on a piece of white paper cut slightly smaller than the two yellow pieces. Glue the edges of the yellow pieces, leaving the top open to make a banana skin envelope. Write your party information on the white paper and slip it inside the yellow envelope, so your guests can peel their banana to open their invitation. Write a headline such as, “Come Monkey Around at _______’s Monkey Birthday Party!
Photo Invitations — If your guest of honor is a toddler or pre-schooler, go for the cute factor and dress him up in a monkey costume holding a banana. Put the photo on the front of your card and write something like, “Let’s Go Bananas at my Monkey Birthday Party!” Then write your party information on the inside of the card.
Swinging Monkey Invitations — Use your computer to find a graphic of a swinging monkey (or you could find a cute monkey themed scrapbooking paper, available at most craft stores). Write a headline like, “Swing on Over to ____________’s Monkey Birthday Party”. Follow up with your party information.
**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
If you would like to purchase your monkey party invites, here are some of our favorites:
Monkey Games Invitations
Mod Monkey Invitations
Cuddly Chimp Invitations
Monkey Birthday Party Decorations
A monkey pinata can be both a great decoration and party game
To create a sturdier vine, use a brown grocery bag. Cut the bottom out. Cut the bag lengthwise into three strips. Twist the strips together and fasten the ends with masking tape.
Embellish your vines with construction paper leaves, large tissue paper flowers, and/or bananas (real or paper) to continue the jungle look and give your party a splash of color.
Buy a few stuffed monkeys (the type with long arms that velcro together are especially good for decorating.) Hang them from your party vines and place them around your party area.
For a monkey party centerpiece, first put down a few tropical paper leaves. Then use a medium or large stuffed monkey to hold down a bundle of balloons in your party colors. Add a few bananas, or make a colorful fruit salad and set it on the table to complete the look.
Use monkey themed tableware
Tie a natural raffia table skirt to your table
Use Barrel of Monkeys Game holding your guests’ names as place cards at the table.
If your party is outside, consider using tiki torchesto take your celebration into the evening.
Mod Monkey Party Supplies
Monkey Around Party Supplies
Curious George Party Supplies
Floral Monkey Party Supplies
Sock Monkey Party Supplies
Monkey Birthday Party Supplies
**NOTE: Most of these party sets are available in different color options, and some offer 1st birthday party theme and personalized options as well.
Monkey Birthday Party Activities and Games
Froot Loop Necklace — An easy party activity for monkeys of all ages is making Froot Loop necklaces. Put out a few bowls of cereal and a piece of colorful pre-cut yarn for each guest and let them string their own yummy necklace to wear or snack on throughout the party.
Easy Monkey Faces — Put out pre-cut circles (see photo) and let your party guests glue them together to make their own monkey faces. You could include magnets or closeable pins to glue on the back of this monkey craft and turn them into handmade party favors, or cut out holes for the eyes and turn them into masks. **You could also glue this easy monkey face form onto large lollipops and let each guest take home a monkey face party sucker.
Barrel of Monkeys Contest — Buy each guest a Barrel of Monkeys Game (which then becomes a party favor). Have a contest to see who can make the longest chain of monkeys in one minute.
Monkey See, Monkey Do — Gather your group in a large circle. Choose one child to be “it”. That person leaves the room. Out of the remaining group, silently elect one person to be the lead monkey. Call the “it person” back to sit or stand in the center of the circle. The lead monkey should start a gesture, such as scratching his head or snapping his fingers. All the other monkeys should then imitate this gesture as quickly as possible, trying not to give away their leader’s identity. After a bit, the lead monkey should change to a new gesture, giving the “it person” a few chances to watch the group during their changes. The “it person” gets three tries to identify the lead monkey. Win or lose, the lead monkey becomes “it” for the next round.
Monkey Knot — Have your group stand in a large circle. Have everyone reach out their right hand and grab the right hand of someone else (preferably not the person next to them). Now have everyone reach out their left hand and grab the left hand of someone new. Your group will be in a tangled monkey knot! Have them work together to untangle themselves without letting go of anyone’s hand.
What Animal am I? — Write the names of different jungle animals on index cards and tape a card to each child’s back (without them seeing what animal they are). Have them go around to the other party guests and ask yes or no questions to try and figure out what animal they are.
Monkey in the Middle — Have your guests get into a large circle. Choose one child to be the monkey in the middle of the circle. The children in the circle should try to pass a ball (foam if you are inside) across the circle to those on the other side without the monkey getting it. If the monkey intercepts the ball the person who threw the ball becomes the new monkey in the middle.
Banana Relay — Divide your group into two teams. Give each team a banana. The object of the relay is to have each person race from point A to point B and back, holding the banana either between his knees or under his chin (you decide). They then pass the banana to the next person in line. The first team with all of its members back wins.
Monkey Birthday Party Menu Ideas and Monkey Cupcakes
You will need:
Your favorite flavor cake mix (or try banana flavor to really keep with the monkey theme!)
Nilla Wafer Cookies
Mini Nilla Wafer Cookies
Black and Red Decorator Gel Icing
Make and frost your cupcakes. Cut the top off a regular sized wafer cookie for the monkey’s mouth. Cut about 1/3 off two mini wafers for the ears. Use the black gel frosting for the eyes and nostrils, and the red for a smiley mouth!
- Banana Splits
- Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (use bread or slice a banana lengthwise and fill it with peanut butter)
- Monkey Bread
- Jungle Mix (dried bananas, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, peanuts, etc.)
- Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice cream
- Banana Smoothies
- Jungle Juice (Usually some form of fruit punch)
Monkey Theme Party Favors
Use the monkey face pattern on large cups to create this fun monkey craft treat bag.
Here are some additional ideas for favors:
- Stuffed Monkeys (you can use the small ones from the place card decorations or let each guest take home a larger one if you bought some to use in your decor)
- Monkey Face Craft Item (see above)
- Monkey Bean Bag
- Barrel of Monkeys Game
- Monkey Themed Items such as pencils, stickers, notepads, etc.
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